Chance always puts on a great show.

Having crept onto my radar about a year or two ago, I was sold on Chance the Rapper‘s talent immediately. His wordplay is amazing, and his erratic squawks and ad libs make for crazy energy. A few tracks on 10 Day garnered my attention, but Acid Rap made me a fan. His work with Surf and features for other artists convinced me that we needed to be friends.


And what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t support my rapper friend while he’s on tour??? Chance’s 34-stop Family Matters Tour launched last month– and in Texas, no less! I knew I had the opportunity to prove my love for him again, after attending his SXSW showcase earlier in the year.

Needless to say it was lit, especially for him to have canceled the Charlotte show a few days before due to illness. Towkio and D.R.A.M. opened up the show with two very different, but energetic sets– Towkio came with the bangers and danced so hard I got tired, while the “Cha Cha” singer sang for his life and gave us a loveable uncle-at-the-cookout vibe. Metro Boomin’ Want Some More– yes, he goes by all of that apparently– played us some of his more recent hits to ensure that we were turnt and ready to go by the time Chance & the Social Experiment came out.

Then there was Chance. He gave us great energy, as usual, with a set filled with favorites like “Juice,” “Everybody’s Something,” his rendition of the Arthur theme song to close, and “Sunday Candy” as an encore. Intimate conversation filled the spaces in between songs like interludes as Chance emphasized his connection with us as fans and passed on good vibrations and affirmations. If nothing else, Chance is personable and genuine, appealing to his fans as a human with a platform rather than a raised figurehead or rap superstar. He consistently shows that he’s not just a rapper– he’s attainable and honest.

To add another layer to the concert’s honest ambience, the Social Experiment’s musicians were awesome, as usual. Donnie Trumpet proved to be my personal favorite in the ensemble. He’s the ideal energetic addition to an already brimming Chance and flawlessly pulsating Stix on the drums. With Nate Fox and Peter Cottontale on keys, The Social Experiment is really carving its own niche as a band with a rapper in it that isn’t solely fronted by a rapper.  Surf is proof of that, as well as the shared electricity that courses through their live shows.

In short, if you didn’t get a chance to experience the Social Experiment, you missed out. But Chance promises he’ll be back, and I believe him. An artist like him, with such infectious connectivity and a heavily relatable endearing weirdness about him, should have no trouble staying in the game as long as he wants to be here. Keep up with Chance and the Social Experiment via and his personal Twitter, linked above.